New Wrexham FC manager, Kevin Wilkin signed on the dotted line in front of hundreds of fans last night. Part way through a packed open meeting of the Supporters Trust, which was also streamed live on the internet, the new gaffer proved to be a hit by signing his membership form for the Trust. In doing so, he joined more than 3000 other members who each own a share in the club.
In an evening that saw Kevin set out a popular vision for the Club, he described how he plans to build on the fans-owned, community base of the Club and hopefully take Wrexham back into the Football League.
Fans cheered as he stopped the meeting to put pen to paper.
Chair of the Supporters Trust, Peter Jones, welcomed the surprise move, saying "We are delighted that Kevin has demonstrated his commitment to the continued success of the club we all love, by becoming a co-owner. It means a lot to fans to know that the first team and the manager are as passionate about fans-ownership of Wrexham FC as the rest of us.".
During the rest of the meeting, Kevin set out his previous experience, most recently in winning three promotions with Conference rivals Nuneaton Town, as well as his views on what makes a good team - starting with discipline, respect and team spirit. Fans also got the chance to grill the new manager - with questions coming from fans around the world as well as closer to home.
The rest of the Football Club Board also answered fans' questions ranging from the thorough selection process for the new manager, to clear assurances about the very compeitive playing budget and that Club would "never ever move to a part-time basis".
Speaking about the recently announced agreement between the club and Glyndwr University to form the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy, Club Chief Executive Don Bircham said "There can only be positives for the football club from this tie-up. Whether it is in attracting footballing talent to Wrexham, or sports expertise into the Club". He also noted that there had already been a number of players expressing interest in coming to study and play in the Academy.
In a first for the Supporters Trust, the meeting was streamed live across the internet, and a range of social media sites. 300 fans from as far away as Dubai and Canada joined the meeting and posted questions for the manager. The film of the evening will be available on the following link for the next 30 days: http://bitly.com/1m1l2rP